COLUMBUS CLIPPERS – 8 INDIANAPOLIS INDIANS – 1
Shaffer’s bat leads Columbus to victory
Richie Shaffer led the way offensively for Columbus on Friday as they took down Indianapolis 8-1. Shaffer hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat and followed it up with a single and a steal in the third inning. The steal was his first since April 29 and just the sixth for the Clippers in the past 26 games.
Shaffer was just a triple shy of hitting for the cycle after his double in the fifth inning as the 26-year-old leads the team in doubles this season with 11. Shaffer has been swinging a hot bat lately as he now has four home runs in his last 11 games with 14 runs batted in. His 46 RBIs on the year lead the team and give him the second-most in the IL. More than half of his RBIs have come in the cleanup spot where he started on Friday.
“It’s a spot that I’ve hit a lot at in my career and yeah, it’s a place I’m comfortable at,” Shaffer said. “Usually you get more opportunities to (drive in runs) because the top of the order guys tend to get on in sequence and you get more opportunities to put up two, three, four RBIs at a time in chunks.”
Shaffer: 3-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K
Morimando throws second-straight gem
Shawn Morimando picked up his fourth win of the season as he went 6 2/3 innings only allowing one run over seven hits while striking out six. In his last start Morimando went seven innings giving up six hits and only one run on a home run. Consistency remains a problem for the 24-year-old, however, as his earned runs have been up and down over his 11 starts this year.
Since May 8 when he had his worst outing of the season allowing eight runs over four innings, Morimando seems to have settled in. The lefty has given up one run or fewer in four of the six starts since then. In Friday’s start he showed good command with his breaking balls and started out innings strong. Four of his seven hits and the only run he allowed all came when there were two outs in the inning.
“I think he gets into a rhythm, has confidence in what he’s doing and ends up trending better and better,” manager Chris Tremie said. “Tonight was a good sign of him establishing his fastball early and able to land his breaking ball for a strike and carried him through the rest of the game.”
Morimando: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 101 pitches (59 strikes), W
Shawn Morimando 2nd inning: 90 88 78 78 83 83 89 90 74 89 79 89 84 89 89 84
Shawn Morimando 3rd inning: 79 90 83 91 91 91 91 91
Clevinger back in Columbus
Mike Clevinger was back in a Columbus uniform after being sent down on Wednesday with Kyle Crockett being called up to Cleveland. Clevinger last pitched for the Clippers on May 2 when he went six innings only giving up one run and striking out five. He started six games in Cleveland so far this year posting a 2-3 record with a 4.09 ERA. The 26-year-old allowed 15 runs in 33 innings with 38 strikeouts. Clevinger is slated to start Sunday against Indianapolis.